User:Ershad/GSoC2013 Malayalagrandham

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Google Summer of Code 2013 Proposal for Swathanthra Malalayalam Computing

Personal Information

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 Telephone:                        +91 8089133362
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 Freenode IRC Nick:                ershad
 University and current education: BSc Computer Science, Bharathiyar University

Why do you want to work with the Swathanthra Malayalam Computing?

Swathanthra Malayalam Computing is contributing much to Indic languages and language computing, it's great to be a part of it.

Do you have any past involvement with the Swathanthra Malayalam Computing or another open source project as a contributor?

Yes. I've contributed to Swathanthra Malayalam Computing, MediaWiki and a couple of other open source projects.

Did you participate with the past GSoC programs, if so which years, which organizations?

No, I've not participated in GSoC programs before.

Do you have other obligations between May and August ? Please note that we expect the Summer of Code to be a full time, 40 hour a week commitment

It will be possible for me to work 35-40 hours / Week.

Will you continue contributing/ supporting the Swathanthra Malayalam Computing after the GSoC 2013 program, if yes, which area(s), you are interested in?

I've been contributing to SMC, I will definitely continue that. My interested areas include Language Computing, SILPA and translation.

Why should we choose you over other applicants?

I've been a FOSS enthusiast for years and have been continuously trying for ways to contribute to it. GSoC will be a great platform for me to contribute more.

This proposal is meant for Malayalagrandham Bibliography Data project. I'm planning to do it in Ruby on Rails in which I'm well versed and have more than 1 year of experience. I also have a track record of doing end-to-end hobby projects in Ruby on Rails.

And right the at moment, I've done its backend and wrote scripts to import data from old database. It will be easy for me to build upon that.

Proposal Description

An overview of your proposal is a web application to store and process bibliography data of books. Currently it has a growing database with information of more than 50K books. The current live application was built a few years before and it lacks features such as crowd sourcing, RESTFul API, Feedback, Visualization and so on. The proposed project aims at building a more advanced and contributor/developer friendly version of Malayalagrandham Bibliography Data application with the aforementioned features. The new version of Malayalagrandham will be a crowd sourced Internet Book Database. It will have features to export data to various formats such as MARC21 and MARCXML.

The application essentially will have the following interfaces.

1. Interface for the task force

Task force is a group of people with administrative privileges. These admins should be able to select the right submission from crowd sourced data and they should be able to moderate any the contents in the web application. They should also be able to visualize existing data.

2. Interface for contributor

Any person should be able to become a contributor by signing up using his/her email ID. Contributor should be able to add new bibliography information and post comments/reviews through the feedback system. He should also be able to upload cover photos of books.

3. Interface for Publisher

Publishers should be able to add bibliography information of the books they publish. They should also be able to generate QR code that links to specific book's page.

4. Interface for Librarian

Librarians should be able to update the location of the books in Malayalagrandham.

All the data in Malayalagrandham will be open to Public. But users need special permission (admin privileges) to modify the existing approved data.